Recently, a vocal minority has been singing the tune of privatization to the U.S. Postal Service, but a recent incident in San Diego County helps us understand why those people are just hitting sour notes.
On the eve of our last election, a fraudulent newsletter, cleverly disguised to resemble the local journal, was delivered to residents of Lehner Valley, a small, rural North County community that was considering annexation to Escondido. The bogus newsletter told of an eleventh-hour about-face, endorsing the measure it had once opposed.
As soon as the look-alike Lehner Valley News was exposed, the Postal Inspection Service began an investigation based on possible mail fraud.
That's one of the many guarantees that a universal postal system provides, a guarantee to investigate, and prosecute if necessary, those guilty of mail fraud.